Corfu is an intriguing island on the west side of Greece. Sharing a climate with the Italians, but a culture with the Greeks, Corfu has a unique atmosphere that combines humid green landscapes, luscious forests and golden beaches with backgammon, ouzo and a slow-paced lifestyle.
The island of Corfu is one of the most loved in Greece, possibly because it really is one of a kind. Situated so close to Italy that it shares a climate with them, many Greeks joke that it isn't really a Hellenic island at all. However, the culture is true to its homeland with the same laid-back attitude, strong sense of hospitality and incredible culinary traditions.
Historical Corfu has quite a story behind it. Once occupied by the Venetians, the fortified capital city withstood three Ottoman Empire sieges, and throughout the island the pride in their regional heritage is clear. If you're visiting Corfu you'll see all sorts of beautiful chapels, castles and ruins on your way between beaches and pools, cities and villages.
Arillas has some of the best watersports opportunities on the island. Located between two peninsulas, this charming resort is popular among families and couples, as well as thrill-seekers looking to get out on the high seas. You can boat trip to nearby islets and join in with the wine festival.
Corfu Town is the capital city of Corfu, and is also one of the most cosmopolitan areas on the island. It has a rich cultural heritage, with ancient winding streets, a huge Venetian Fortress and ample galleries and museums. Big shopping districts and incredible nightlife complete the city's offering.
Gouvia is a truly picturesque resort which sprung up from the remains of an ancient Venetian navel base, which you can look around. The harbour is full of traditional Greek restaurants and you can bet on an authentic island experience here.
Built at the foot of Mount Pantokrator, this scenic village is a postcard-perfect destination for families, couples and individuals looking to get out of the touristy areas of Corfu. A beautiful spot at the north of the island, it has an idyllic Blue Flag beach.
One of the most popular resorts in Corfu, and indeed the Med, San Stefanos' tourist industry has never caused it to lose its authentic village charm. A fishing town by origin, San Stefanos has golden sands, traditional restaurants and low-key nightlife.
Famous for its Tunnel of Love water channel, as well as fantastic beaches, Sidari is a popular resort with all age groups. With its waterpark, access to watersports, as well as horse-riding opportunities for daytime activities, this resort also has a lively night-time scene at its many restaurants and bars.